Today was a mostly dry day, thankfully. It’s been raining for nearly a week straight in Kaohsiung. I decided I’d go exploring and since it only drizzled on and off I decided to head back to the Sizihwan district for some photography.
Last time I was here, it rained harder and I wasn’t prepared so I called off my exploration. Today I finally got wise and brought…An umbrella! Funnily enough, Taiwan has a definite “umbrella culture” – stores and people just give them away because it rains so often and it’s easy to get caught outside without one. The one I have now was a gift from a store I was popping into, to escape the rain. Considering how most people drive motor scooters rather than cars, it’s clear the Taiwanese have a very high tolerance for rain!
Cijin Island is just outside of Kaohsiung proper, forming its very own Cijin District. It’s a neat little town with tons of seafood restaurants and knick-knack stores. The beach is handily close by as well, making it ideal for day trips.
I decided to take the XF 35mm f/2 today. If you read last post, it’s clear the 16mm is starting to wear on me. 50mm fov was much nicer today; I got a lot more shots that I’d consider keepers. Ever since I bought my first Canon Nifty Fifty I’ve been pretty in love with this focal length and aperture. It’s fast, it’s versatile, it’s good for street photography, portraits, and a lot else. It gives your subjects a bit of space and creates a tidier frame than the 35mm fov does.
I met an awesome fellow Westerner on the beach named Andrew. One of those folks you instantly hit it off with. He is an eclectic guy with a very deliberate way of being and speaking that I appreciated. I took some portraits for him and promised to email them.
And after that I just explored. It was nice watching the clouds roll in. I was in an Astia mood today, color-wise. Slightly bumped contrast, some Clarity and Structure in Capture One, vignettes here and there. Normally, I hate what Astia does to skin tones but today I was just feeling it and I think it works.
Except for Andrew’s portrait. I shot that in Provia as Astia makes people look Trump Orange in certain light situations. Another good day of photography.